The Alaska App: mobile guide to AK’s best destinations

Roughly two years ago, the Alaska Channel contacted the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council (and other organizations throughout the state) about an idea. That idea was this amazing iPhone app. KPTMC was quick to partner with them as much as possible in the development of this app to include key points of interest on the Kenai, including the Kenai Peninsula Wildlife Viewing Trail System, contact with our local business owners and visitor centers and much, much more. Currently the app is only available for the iPhone, but an Android version will be released by this summer. Please read on as we share with you the highlights of the app.

Imagine yourself exploring Alaska with locals who tell you the best places to visit, fascinating stories, where to spot wildlife, and what to listen and look for. Whether you’re planning a vacation or traveling in Alaska, The Alaska App is your ultimate guide to The Last Frontier.

Locate mountains, moose and the nearest mocha! This GPS-based guide highlights 30,000 points of interest, hand-picked by Alaskans who know and love this state—park rangers, naturalists, homesteaders, wilderness guides, bush pilots. Highlights include:
• Natural features: mountains, glaciers, rivers, parks, trails, scenic highlights, wildlife viewing spots and more;
• Businesses: tours, hotels, restaurants, nightlife, shopping and all kinds of services;
• A library of expert advice articles and videos on how to plan an Alaska trip.

You’ll never feel lost as you explore Alaska, The Alaska App shows you nearby highlights on a map. It tells you how far away each is and provides directions to get there.

Share with others! Spot a moose? Find a great photo location? Share it in real-time—and browse other travelers’ posts on a map that shows their location relative to yours. Attach a photo or video. Choose your radius: browse posts made near you—or anywhere across Alaska. Drill down into your local area and you can see user photos showing what your current location looks like in other seasons.

Find the best things to see & do! Browse everything nearby, or limit your search to our Top Picks. Hand-picked by local Alaskan experts, our Top Picks ensure you don’t miss the highlights and that you get the most out of your time.

Listen to audio tours! Alaska’s scenery may be beautiful—but do you know the back story? Listen to entertaining and informative audio tours that share the stories, characters and history of nearby sites you are approaching. Others tell you where to look for wildlife. Custom-produced for The Alaska App and professionally-narrated with true-to-life sound effects, our audio tours are even better than having a guide with you.

Watch video previews! Trying to decide which attractions to visit or tours to take? Watch over 100 high quality videos produced by Alaska Channel, Alaska’s statewide visitor channel–with the state’s most comprehensive high definition video library. Curious what nearby mountains, valleys or parks look like from the air? We’ve shot stunning fly-over videos for you from Alaska Channel’s camera-mounted airplane.

Send e-postcards! Share your adventures daily with friends and family back home. You can easily make and send beautifully-designed digital postcards, geo-tagged from wherever you are. Use stock images we provide, or insert your own photos.

Be in touch as you get to know Alaska, remember that Alaskans like to get and know visitors, too. The Alaska App is available FREE through the iTunes App Store. Feel free to email the Alaska Channel with questions or share posts about neat Alaska places you discover.

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